- - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I would suspect that a few million people agreed with Republican presidential contender Ben Carson’s recent comment that he would not approve of a Muslim president. And why would he? Pure and simple, Islam is not so much a religion as a form of religious government. The laws of Muslim countries are based on Sharia law, which is in direct conflict with the American Constitution and our rules of law. Our laws do not include the tenets of any particular faith, and that is as our Founding Fathers intended it.

Although America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles (the Ten Commandments) and is primarily a Christian nation, all beliefs are accepted here — as long as they do not attempt to change our laws. Given that there are millions of Muslims living as Americans with loyalty to this country, there are far too many who adamantly and publicly proclaim their plan to take over America, install Sharia law and fly the black flag of Islam over our White House. Why would we allow this to happen?

As for those who aspire to hold public office, I would insist before being allowed to run they be made to pledge allegiance to America and take an oath to uphold American law. I also suggest they be made to take their oath of office on a Bible. (This oath and allegiance must be required of all incoming “refugees,” too.) Come to think of it, though, we’ve already been there and done that. How is it working out for us?

PATRICIA STEBBINS

East Sandwich, Mass.

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